Foreign Relations: The Constant Policy

Basic U.S. policy in the Dominican Republic is simple. It is to prevent a Castro-style takeover in the Caribbean. Its ultimate aim is to set up a representative, constitutional government excluding extremists, from Trujilloists on the right to Reds on the left.

But carrying out that policy is nightmarishly difficult. U.S. policymakers have been forced to improvise from hour to hour. What looked like a stroke of intuitive genius one day seemed to be a blunder of impulsive foolishness the next. Nobody has found this more frustrating than the President of...